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Britain’s Lewis Hamilton was kept waiting for his fifth Formula One world championship on Sunday (21 October) after the Mercedes driver finished third in a U.S. Grand Prix won by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
The victory was the 39-year-old Finn’s first since the Australian Grand Prix of March 2013, a gap of 113 races dating back to when he was racing for Lotus, and 21st of his career.
Red Bull’s Dutch youngster Max Verstappen finished a surprise second after starting 18th in a thrilling finale with the top three cars separated by just 2.1 seconds at the chequered flag.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton’s only title rival, spun down to 15th on the opening lap but fought back to finish fourth — a result that means the championship remains open until Mexico next weekend.
Hamilton now has a 70-point lead over his four-times champion rival with 75 points remaining to be won from the last three races.
The Briton made two pitstops to his rivals’ one, losing crucial seconds on fading tyres before being called in and staging a late charge over the final 19 laps from fourth with 12 seconds to make up.
Team mate Valtteri Bottas helped by letting him through for third place, but the Finn then lost out to Vettel and finished fifth.
Hamilton, a second behind Verstappen at the end, went wheel-to-wheel with the 21-year-old with two laps left but failed to make the move stick and ran wide in his last chance to grab second.